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This brand new venture will be the first holiday village to come to Ireland in Center Parcs’ 30-year history.

The large-scale project planned for Longford Forest will create around 750 jobs during its construction and approximately 1,000 permanent jobs once the park opens in the summer of 2019. In total, the proposed development will cover 400 acres of land and will be able to house up to 2,500 guests.

CEO of Center Parcs Martin Dalby met up with the construction consultancy appointed to oversee the project last month in a ceremony which formally marked the beginning of its construction.

“It is full steam ahead now and already we have over 130 construction workers on site who are preparing for the main construction phase,” said Dalby.

“We have always said that this project would have a transformative effect on the Midlands and we are already seeing signs of the positive economic impact that Center Parcs will bring to the region."

“The project is on track and we very much look forward to introducing the Center Parcs short break experience to Irish families in the summer of 2019.”

The construction consultancy chosen to manage the development of the new holiday village is Nottingham-based firm Edmond Shipway. The company has previous experience working with Center Parcs, as they were part of the development of the Woburn Forest resort in Bedfordshire back in 2014.

Edmond Shipway’s Managing Director, David Stevenson, brought attention to the fact that the Longford development remains on budget regardless of the current uncertainty in the Irish market.

“Preparation works are well underway, with trees felled, our road network established and lodge foundations and utilities installation ongoing,” adds Stevenson.

“The site is fully established to receive the lodge and central facilities contractors and we remain confident that we will be able to deliver the scheme on time and to budget as achieved with Center Parcs Woburn Forest.”

Once finished, Center Parcs estimates the new resort will increase Ireland’s GDP by £29M a year.

Also at the ceremony, Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar expressed his enthusiasm towards Center Parcs’ new venture and what it will bring to Ireland: “This exciting development by Center Parcs represents a significant investment in the Irish economy, and especially in tourism.”

“The investment is almost certainly the biggest in the region’s history.

“I want to pay tribute to Center Parcs for the way it has engaged with the local community in and around Ballymahon.

“I know a strong effort has been made to keep people informed on the project as it progressed and I look forward to regular updates on this exciting project in the future.”

Source: Nottingham Post

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